Welcome to Session 4 of the NHS APA 2022 Virtual Conference presented by Clare Wyllie, Research Director, Tackling Gambling Stigma, who will be discussing gambling addiction and how the sharing of real-life experiences of gambling harm, through projects such as Tackling Gambling Stigma, can help to combat the stigma and discrimination.

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    Clare Wyllie
    Research Director, Tackling Gambling Stigma
    Clare is a researcher, specialising in ethnographic and participatory action research. She has also worked in strategy and policy, intervention design and evaluation, and communications. She uses this experience to make sure research is useful for action and makes a difference to people’s lives. For the past five years she has been working on gambling harm. Tackling Gambling Stigma is an initiative sharing lived experience to tackle the stigma and discrimination linked to gambling harm. https://tacklinggamblingstigma.com/

    She has worked in the public and charity sector in South Africa and the UK. This includes Agenda for Gender Equality, Institute for Democracy in South Africa, the Commission on Gender Equality, Human Rights Commission and Government Communication and Information System, within the South African Presidency. In the UK she was Head of Policy and Research at Samaritans, before moving to strategy development for the Care Quality Commission, the regulator for health and social care. She has a BA in Psychology, Masters in Genders Studies, as well as a Masters in Research Methods, from the LSE.
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    Danny Hames
    NHS APA Chair
    Danny Hames has 18 years’ experience working in the public and voluntary sectors, within criminal justice, long terms conditions and the drug and alcohol treatment sector. He has worked as a Practitioner, Operational manager and Head of Development. In September 2018 he became the Head of Inclusion which is part of the Midlands NHS Foundation Partnership Trust. Inclusion is the largest NHS provider of drug and alcohol services in England working in both prisons and the community. Inclusion also provides Sexual Health and Improving Access to Psychological Therapy services. Danny is an accredited PRINCE2 and MSP Practitioner and holds a PG Certificate in Drug and Alcohol Policy and a MA in Voluntary Sector Studies.

    Danny initiated and is a founding member of the NHS Substance Misuse Provider Alliance which was founded in 2016, this is a collaboration of thirteen NHS trusts who provide drug and alcohol treatment services with the aim of supporting and developing best practice in the sector, this included, with Collective Voice producing “Improving Clinical Responses to Drug Related Deaths Best Practice Guidelines (April 2017)”. The NHS APA also aims to provide a NHS treatment service voice to the benefit of the sector and as part of this runs annual conferences. The NHS APA currently work in over 50 prisons and 35 community services across England. NHS APA is currently establishing an initiative across 12 NHS trusts in England to eliminate Hepatitis C. Danny is the current chair of the NHS APA.